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Elizabeth Moreau
librarian, reader, crafter, dreamer, knitter, Christian
librarian, reader, crafter, dreamer, knitter, Christian

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A great blog entry to a little girl being bullied for her (awesome) blue shoes. I admit that I tend to very traditional feminine things (librarianship, baking, knitting) but I also camp, hike, and other less traditional female things. Colors are for everyone. And the great thing about being the daughters of the feminists is that we choose what it means to be a woman, to be a man, to be a person.

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A fascinating article from the Smithsonian about colors we associate with the genders.

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Last week I attended a conversation about graduations rates in Anchorage. Currentl only 70% of Anchorage teens graduate high school. That is not acceptable.

Compared to other states we are ranked (out of 50):

9th graders graduating from high school............ 42nd

High school seniors going directly to college....... 46th

College freshman returning for a second year..... 50th

9th graders receiving a baccalaureate degree

within 10 years........................................................50th

(Source: Alaska Department of Education and Early Development application for the Statewide Longitudinal Data System Grant application, Nov. 2009)

That is scary to me for the future of our state. I don't have children at this point in my life, but I am invested in having an educated state. I want the doctors who will care for me to be the best and I want the barista who makes my coffee to be able to make correct change. Businesses want to put offices and invest in a place with good educational institutions. They need to know that people they recruit will move here (and they won't if the schools are below par) and that they can hire qualified people from within the local community.

United Way of Anchorage has a goal of 90% graduation rates by 2020. Check out their website for more info.

I'm thinking about inviting the reproductive clinic that has teen peer counsellors to the library's teen zone to talk to kids about reproductive health. On a scale of 1 to 10 how much trouble is this going to stir up? I don't think teens should be having sex, but I also don't think we should have child soldiers in Africa. What I think and what really happens are not the same thing. I prefer to confront reality as I see it not as I want it.

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The municipality of Anchorage is taking a poll before they set next year's budget. Please take the poll and tell them you would support increasing library funding and be against having it cut!

Today is the first day of school for Anchorage School District. My library (adjacent to a middle school) will be flooded with kids again, some new. Can't wait to greet them and teach them about the library. We're here for them.
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